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  • The 50th Lawby 50 Cent; Robert Greene

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    In The 50 th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a ?bible? for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after... more...

  • How to Rapby Paul Edwards; Kool G Rap

    Chicago Review Press 2009; US$ 10.99

    Examining the dynamics of hip-hop from every region and in every form—mainstream and underground, current and classic—this compelling how-to discusses everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery in relation to the art and craft of rap. Compiled from the most extensive research on rapping to date, this first-of-its-kind guide delivers... more...

  • Bomb the Suburbsby William Upski Wimsatt

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 13.95

    Should graffiti writers organize to tear up the cities, or should they really be bombing the ‘burbs? That?s the question posed by William Upski Wimsatt in his seminal foray into the world of hip-hop, rap, and street art, and the culture and politics that surround it. But to say that the book deals only with taggers and hip-hop is selling it short.... more...

  • Born to Use Micsby Michael Eric Dyson; Sohail Daulatzai

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 15.95

    The best and brightest writers of the hip-hop generation reflect upon the era?s landmark album: Nas?s Illmatic more...

  • The Beatby Kip Lornell; Charles C. Stephenson

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 25.00

    The Beat! was the first book to explore the musical, social, and cultural phenomenon of go-go music. In this new edition, updated by a substantial chapter on the current scene, authors Kip Lornell and Charles C. Stephenson, Jr., place go-go within black popular music made since the middle 1970s--a period during which hip-hop has predominated. This... more...

  • Let the World Listen Rightby Ali Colleen Neff

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 65.00

    In the Mississippi Delta, creativity, community, and a rich expressive culture persist despite widespread poverty. Over five years of extensive work in the region, author Ali Colleen Neff collected a wealth of materials that demonstrate a vibrant musical scene. Let the World Listen Right draws from classic studies of the blues as well as extensive... more...

  • Afeni Shakurby Jasmine Guy

    Atria Books 2010; US$ 15.00

    One of the most visible figures in both the hip-hop and civil rights movements charts her moral and spiritual development in a stirring and poignant memoir spanning five decades. As a child growing up in North Carolina, Alice Faye Williams knew that the most important thing her impoverished family lacked was land; as she puts it, "The land, to live... more...

  • Decodedby Jay-Z

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 25.00

    Expanded edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.   Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time. more...

  • Fallin' Upby Taboo; Steve Dennis

    Touchstone 2011; US$ 10.99

    Taboo, Grammy Award?winning performing artist and founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, shares the inspiring story of his rise from the mean streets of East L.A. to the heights of international fame. Few bands can ever hope to achieve the sort of global success that the record-breaking Black Eyed Peas have attained, selling more than 30 million... more...

  • Can't Stop Won't Stopby Jeff Chang; D.J. Kool Herc

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 19.99

    Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic... more...